TRAVELLER – Ventura County
Written by Suzanne Webb on November 5, 2019
Feeling beachy–especially with temps in the 90s? Head to Ventura County, California with 42 miles of glorious beachfront, gorgeous views of the Los Padres National Forest with Mt Pinos cascading 8,831 feet high above. Situated between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, you can enjoy the communities of Camarillo, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Venture where 900,000 people live.
Musicians and musical groups – Musical styles vary from metal, punk, alternative rock, Latino, pop/rock, jazz and more. Familiar names include: Rey Fresco, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The Champs, Army of Freshmen, Grupo Bryndis, Rachel Flowers, Lissie, John Jorgenson of the Hellecasters, Alice Wallace (LA artist)…
Musical venues – The Ventura Theatre, a newly renovated 1920s mission-style performing arts center with 1200-seat capacity. More listings:
Things to do/see—Hit the beach, bike ride, take a boat cruise around the harbor or out to the Channel Islands, hike, go wine-tasting, visit some of the quaint towns like Ojai 6 miles inland. Patagonia, the earth-conscience, stellar clothing manufacturer, began its business in Ventura in 1972 (Great Pacific Ironworks). Visit the flagship store in its renovated 1920s building. Founder Yvon Chouinard wrote the book Let My People Go Surfing about his business philosophy. Here’s more to do:
Today’s guest—Kal Weaver speaks about water-wise landscaping. Kal’s work over 25 years helps people become more connected to the land. He often plants edibles or plants with medicinal value. Always water conscience, he starts with removing water-wasting lawns, nurtures the soil with organic and permaculture methods, and finds ways to capture water runoff through catchment gardens and other means. Fig, pomegranate and mulberry are favorite trees while echinacea, lavender, sage and other Mediterranean herbs and medicinals appear in his garden creations from Ojai to Ashland, Oregon.
Visit Kal Weaver on Instagram:
Ventura County Site:
Backroads travel—Here are two options for the adventurous driver:
1) From Highway 5, travel backroads on Hwy 33 west of Bakersfield through Taft. Climb into the Los Padres National Forest and then drop down into quaint Ojai as you head west into Ventura County.
2) From Ventura, travel east on Hwy 126 to Tehachapi, just 2:15 away. You’ll drive passed orchards of avocados and citrus with plenty of fruit stands. Cross The Grapevine at Santa Clarita and continue east on Hwy 126, a winding 2-lane road, passed remnants of the St Francis Dam. In 1928, the poorly engineered dam gave way—sending water down the canyon all the way to the ocean–taking the lives of at least 431 people, and making it the second most catastrophic California disaster behind the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. It ruined the career of civil engineer William Mulholland, though a drive named in his honor remains perhaps the most iconic in Los Angeles. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Francis_Dam
This episode of TRAVELLER aired Friday, July 26 at Noon. It’s available at archive.kvmr.org up to two weeks after its airdate. Have a comment or travel idea? Please contact me at https://www.kvmr.org/users/suzanne-webb